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CREW Files FOIA Request With Secret Service for Records of Health Care Execs' White House Visits


Today CREW filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Secret Service seeking records of visits to the White House by top health care executives. CREW seeks to learn the degree of influence these executives have had, or attempted to have, on the president and his administration in formulating the administration's health care policy. CREW also sought expedition of its request in light of the public's need to weigh in on an issue of enormous economic and social impact. Noting the Obama administration's position that the requested records are presidential records not subject to the FOIA, an issue on which the courts have held to the contrary, CREW requested alternatively that the Secret Service make a discretionary release of the requested White House visitor logs.

Read CREW's FOIA request to the Secret Service in the Related Documents section on the right.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials -- regardless of party affiliation -- who sacrifice the common good to special interests. CREW advances its mission using a combination of research, litigation and media outreach.